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    Please, would you take a look at these sentences and correct my mistakes.

    1. His father was an alcoholic who died from cirrhosis, and the son was afraid that he was going to become an alcoholic himself.
    2. Not a day went by that he did not think of his daughter who was fatally injured in a horrific traffic accident.

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    Default Re: His father was

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Please, would you take a look at these sentences and correct my mistakes.

    1. His father was an alcoholic who died from cirrhosis, and the son was afraid that he was going to become an alcoholic himself.
    2. Not a day went by that he did not think of his daughter who had been fatally injured in a horrific traffic accident.
    You could also use the past perfect in your first sentence: His father had been an alcoholic who died ...

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    Default Re: His father was

    They're OK, but both sentences lend themselves to the use of the past perfect tense.


    1. His father had been an alcoholic who died from cirrhosis, and he was afraid that he was going to become an alcoholic himself.
    2. Not a day went by that he did not think of his daughter who had been fatally injured in a horrific traffic accident.




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    Default Re: His father was

    Wow. I'm surprised by the previous two answers. I find the simple past perfectly fine in both.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: His father was

    Yes indeed. So do I.

    I was only saying that the past perfect might be used. In the past I've said in this forum that the past perfect is dying out, only to meet resistance from one of my most esteemed colleagues.
    Last edited by probus; 05-Apr-2013 at 05:12.

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